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Compensation for Victims of Violent Crimes

SECTION 137.   Section 3 of said chapter 258C is hereby amended by striking out subsection (a), as so appearing, and inserting in place thereof the following subsection:-

(a) The maximum award for compensation to a claimant pursuant to this chapter shall be $25,000; provided, however, that the maximum award for compensation to a claimant with a catastrophic injury pursuant to this chapter shall be $50,000. If there are 2 or more claimants eligible for compensation arising out of a crime committed against 1 individual for the same crime, each claimant shall be entitled to the out-of-pocket losses of every other claimant. The cumulative total of all awards based on such crime shall not exceed $25,000; provided, however, that the cumulative total of all awards based on such crime for catastrophic injuries shall not exceed $50,000.